Online workshop for improvers - Make friends with an overlocker or serger

Make Friends With An Overlocker

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TAKE YOUR SKILLS TO THE NEXT LEVEL

This online workshop is the essential guide to get comfortable and confident using an overlocker.

An overlocker or serger is a great investment if you want to take your sewing up a level. In this introductory class, we help you get over any fears you have about overlockers or sergers and help you feel confident using your machine.

What equipment do I need?

Overlocker – AKA serger (the workshop includes advice on choosing one)

Four cones or spools of thread

Basic toolkit that should come with your machine (incl needles, long tweezers, small lint brush, spool caps, screwdriver or Allen/hex key)

How long will this workshop take?

That’s up to you! The course is broken down into manageable, bitesize lessons that you can take at a pace that suits you. It includes 9 succinct videos, from 5 to 35 minutes long, plus extra written tuition and a downloadable troubleshooting cheat sheet. You may like to spread the lessons out over a few evenings, set aside a weekend for a binge overlocking session, or simply refer to the videos whenever you need them.

This online workshop contains fully captioned video lessons, written tuition and downloadable resourses.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Module 1

Get started with your overlocker

  • Choosing your overlocker or serger
  • Which essential supplies we recommend
Module 2

Thread Your Overlocker

  • How to thread your overlocker from scratch
  • How to change your overlocker threads quickly
  • Tips for threading the loopers and needle
  • How to change just one looper thread without breaking the chain
Module 3

Stitch + Finish Seams

  • Join seams on knit fabrics, like jersey, from scratch
  • How to finish seams on woven fabrics
  • How to navigate curves, corners and loops
  • How to save time with chain stitching
Module 4

Get to grips with the settings

  • What balanced stitches look like
  • Identify each thread on the seam
  • Adjust thread tension for different fabrics, layers and seam issues
  • Adjusting other settings – stitch length and width, cutting width, three or four thread overlock, disengaging the knife, differential feed, presser foot pressure
  • Sewing a rolled hem and lettuce edge finish
Module 5

TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR SEWING

  • Diagnose and fix common seam issues
  • The fast way to unpick stitches
  • How to avoid mistakes
  • Fix mistakes quickly and get on with your sewing!
Module 6

CARING FOR YOUR MACHINE

  • How to clean and oil your overlocker or serger
  • How to replace the needles
  • Knowing when to get your machine serviced

WORKSHOP BENEFITS

1

STEP-BY-STEP VIDEOS

Follow an in-depth programme, structured with our trusted format.
See the sewing in detail with our video lessons!

2

ON-DEMAND ACCESS

Learn at a pace that suits you, any time of day, with no deadlines.
Set your own timetable!

3

LEARN AT HOME

Take the workshop from the comfort of your own home, using your own sewing machine.
There's no need to travel to a class or book a date in your busy diary!

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GREAT VALUE

Revisit the lessons as often as you like, whenever you need a refresher -
for a fraction of the price of attending a face-to-face class!

WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR?

CURIOUS
You're thinking of investing in an overlocker or serger to take your sewing to the next level

LEARNERS
You own an overlocker or serger but you don't feel confident enough to use it regularly

REFRESHERS
You already use an overlocker or serger and want guides you can refer to when you get stuck

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Tilly Walnes

Tilly Walnes is a best-selling sewing author, teacher and founder of Tilly and the Buttons. She has been writing about sewing, designing and teaching for over a decade.

Named 'Most Inspirational Sewing Personality' in the British Sewing Awards, Tilly’s teaching is down-to-earth, encouraging and packed full of helpful tips. She loves sewing, and wants you to love it too!

What makers are saying

This is a fantastic workshop! I learned a lot of things about my machine, I would have never realised if I hadn’t watched this. Great tips, and an excellent resource for the future!

Helen

Thank you so much for this interesting and reassuring workshop. I have bitten the bullet and ordered an overlocker. It's reassuring to know that I can revisit these pages whenever I need to.

Jill

Clear instructions, great videos and I can come back again and again! I’ve done lots of practice, so now I am going to sit down and read my Coco pattern from cover to cover and have a go!

Ann

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MAKE FRIENDS WITH AN OVERLOCKER OR SERGER
£39

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Instant, on-demand access

9 video lessons

Closed captions available on all videos

Written tuition + downloadable resources

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MAKE FRIENDS WITH AN OVERLOCKER + STRETCH! BOOK
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Instant on-demand access to Make Friends with an Overlocker or Serger

9 video lessons

Closed captions available on all videos

Written tuition + downloadable resources

Signed copy of Tilly's book Stretch!
in sizes UK 6-20 / US 2-16 / EUR 34-48 / AUS 6-20

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Customer Reviews

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Fiona
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the overlocker tutorial!

It is helping me so much to sit next to the computer with my Janome overlocker and work alongside Tilly!

I do have a very good book on the overlocker but actually seeing things being done is so helpful, informative and confidence building!

Well worth investing in so thank you Tilly!!🏆

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Charlotte White
Perfect introduction

This was the perfect course for me. I was really nervous about using my Overlocker but in no time i started to feel really confident . Thank you Tilly x

Yay. Thank you for sharing Charlotte x

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Anonymous
Loved it

This was so helpful, thank you. I have had an overlocker for a year, but had been scared to use it properly! I would use it to finish seams only, and always without the knife engaged, because I was scared of messing things up. Since watching this course I have made several jersey items and now absolutely love my overlocker. I liked the way the course is split into smaller sections, so you can watch the bits you need (all of them, in my case!) and also that there is a very useful trouble-shooting section. I did have to watch a different video to work out how to sew toddler-sized cuffs, but otherwise all of my questions were answered, and things I hadn't even thought about too. Thank you.

Thank you Morag, we're so pleased that you found our overlocker workshop helpful. Truly appreciate your message. Team Buttons x

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Cassie Hamilton
Essential for overlocker beginners

I recently invested in an overlocker after three years of sewing - this course was invaluable to me in getting it set up, understanding how to thread it (the one thing that had put me off buying one!) and then ensuring tension and other variables were right.
I literally took the machine out of the box and sat down with my laptop to start the course, following each module to get the overlocker set up - by the end of a few hours I was confidently using it to make a test garment. Tilly is so clear and seeing each step in video format was so helpful to my understanding.
I'd definitely recommend this course for anyone who, as I did, feels intimidated by overlockers.

Thank you Cassie for your recommendation, we're so pleased you found this workshop helpful. Happy Overlocking x

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Charlotte
I’m not scared of my overlocker anymore!

I was so worried about being one of those people who never get their overlocker out of the box, but this course helped me to learn how to thread (not as scary as I expected!) and understand how to balance the tension with ease. I go back to the course every time I some help with my overlocker so I love that it’s available whenever I need it!

I’ve even been brave enough to put away the scrap fabric and use my overlocker on an actual project!

Tilly’s instructions are clear and easy to understand and even though my brand of overlocker is different to the one used in the course it still all worked for me.

This is su a wonderful message to read. Thank you for sharing and continue on having lots of fun with your overlocker. Team Buttons x